There was major news for LGBT families, supporters and activists in California this morning.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 2-1 that the state’s ban on gay marriage, better known as Prop 8, was unconstitutional. The original law banning the practice was passed in a referendum vote by the people of California in November 2008. It took away the same-sex marriage option that had only been around in the state less than five months.
“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples,” said Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who voted to strike down the ban. [SOURCE]
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is NOT playing with folks today! They have already heard a few cases over the past few years regarding gay marriage and the former military policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” They have said before that the Prop 8 law was shitty!
The next stop for marriage advocates is the U.S. Supreme Court. The ban on same-sex marriage is still in place until then. If the court in Washington, D.C. does rule in favor of gay marriage, it will only apply to the state of California.
Expect to see some major conservative whining about this ruling. Their new go-to line is that the courts have become “too liberal” and they need to be checked. That’s not really it. The Constitution has to be followed and Prop 8 simply allowed citizens to reclassify their peers. WTF is that?